Texas Officials Appeal Polygamy Ruling

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CBNNews.com - WASHINGTON -  Child welfare workers in Texas are appealing yesterday's ruling that they had no right to take children from a polygamist compound.

The Texas Supreme Court will now have to determine what happens next to more than 400 children. The children, in the meantime, will have to remain in foster care until the court has ruled on the matter.

Thursday was an emotional day for some parents who believe they may be finally reunited with their children.

"It's a great day for families in Texas...its a great day for Texas justice," said legal aid attorney Julie Balovich.

The appeal came as no surprise to FLDS members Nancy and James Dockstader who presently have five children in state custody.

"We're going to take it one day at a time," James Dockstader said Friday on NBC's Today. "We expect that they would go ahead and appeal it, but we are in full hope that" the children will return soon.

Child protection officials raided the "Yearning for Zion Ranch" in Eldorado last month.

It was run by members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS). The group broke with the Mormon Church.

Texas officials took more than 400 children into their custody after what they said was widespread evidence of sexual abuse.

Some teenage girls were pregnant and dozens of mothers sued. The appeals court agreed with the moms, citing lack of evidence by the state that they were in any sort of immediate danger.

"Evidence that children raised in this particular environment may someday have their physical health and safety threatened is not evidence that the danger is imminent enough to warrant invoking the extreme measure of immediate removal," the court said.

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